Lodging comes in all sizes and shapes. When traveling, there are a lot of options available in the European lodging market. We can camp, stay in a trailer, hotel or a bed and breakfast. These categories can even be broken down further from ranging hostel to 5 star lodging.
But if a standard room or suite just won’t do, what are your options? Rest assured,
La Balade des Gnomes, Belgium
Set in a very quiet setting and offering 10 different and unique rooms, La Balade des Gnomes may fill all of your fanciful dreams. You may opt to sleep in a moon buggy, Troll forest which includes a gold fish infested stream, a boat that is floating in a swimming pool or wine cellar. Inspired by fairy tales, all of the rooms are decorated in a style that uses motifs and colors from around the world. But what caught my eye was a very unique offering known as the Trojan Horse suite.
Fort Clonque, United Kingdom
Owned by the Landmark Trust, Fort Clonque is a unique lodging set on an island in the middle of the English Channel where the views are spectacular and storms are something to experience! The rooms are in a 19th century fortification that has seen more than its share of history. The fort is reached via a causeway and once you cross the drawbridge entrance you feel as if you have crossed into another time. Spread throughout the fort, your room may be in an old war room or the German Casement, which was a Nazi gun turret!
Cappadocia Cave Resort, Turkey
One of the more stunning lodging options is the Cappadocia Cave Resort. Set in one of the most beautiful settings, this hotel not only offers unique lodging but the opportunity to explore a region that is teeming with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Built into the side of the mountain, the rooms combine actual cave walls with lovely warm wood and other natural stone creating a breathtaking view inside and out.
Utter Inn, Sweden
The Utter Inn is an underwater hotel located in Lake Mälaren near Stockholm, Sweden. At first glance, the hotel seems to be another typical Swedish red house on a diving platform floating in the lake but looks are so deceiving! Once in the house, open the hatch and descend the metal steps to enter your room. There awaits glorious windows offering underwater viewing on all sides!
Sala Silvermine Suite, Sweden
The Sala Silvermine offers an underground suite that is accessed by going down the mine shaft. Upon arrival you will be escorted down the mine shaft and given a tour of the festivity hall and the other nooks and crannies existing on the same level, which by the way is 500 feet below ground! Once in the mine, you will find your room glowing from the chandelier and candles used to illuminate your bed chamber.